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International News Archive - July 17, 2008

By ARON HELLER Hezbollah members hand over coffins containing the bodies of two Israeli soldiers.

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An exchange of bodies and prisoners between Israel and Hezbollah on Wednesday put on stark display the Middle East's bitter divisions: a mournful welcome for two fallen soldiers returned to Israel in coffins, and jubilant homecoming celebrations for five militants returned smiling to Lebanon.

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Phnom Penh, July 17 Kyodo: Cambodia on Thursday claimed that Thai troops entered its territory for the third day running, saying some 400 soldiers are now in the country.

By Isabel Kershner and Graham Bowley Graham Bowley reported from New York. Nada Bakri contributed reporting from Beirut.

By From news reports Five Lebanese militants freed from prisons in Israel in exchange for the bodies of two captured Israeli soldiers strode down a red carpet behind a Hezbollah honor guard Wednesday during a boisterous welcome from hundreds of cheering spectators.

Text of report by government-owned Argentine news agency Telam [Report "Argentine Senate Rejects Export-tariff Bill" - Telam Headline] Buenos Aires, 17 July: Argentina's Senate voted against a government-backed grain-export tax package early Thursday by the narrowest of margins, dealing a harsh blow to President Cristina Fernandez.

Israel is sending voice messages to mobile phones in Lebanon as part of a psychological war, "inciting the Lebanese against Hezbollah", Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV reported on its English- language website on 17 July.

Text of report in English by Kuwaiti government-owned news agency Kuna website BAGHDAD, July 17 (KUNA) - Iraqi Foreign Ministry on Thursday [17 July] welcomed the proclamation of the state of Kuwait for the appointment of retired Lieut. Gen Ali Al Mu'min as an ambassador in Baghdad.

JERUSALEM _ Two Israeli soldiers whose bodies were returned in a prisoner exchange with Hezbollah were buried Thursday in emotional funerals broadcast live on national television.

HAIFA, Israel _ They came by the thousands to say goodbye: those who loved them, those who fought with them and those who knew them only after they became unexpected symbols of Israel's volatile place in modern Middle East history.

Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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